Sanskrit chants from the Vedas, Upanishads, and other texts have been handed down through the centuries by Traditional Scholars in India. In these renditions, Ravi Shankar reconfigured existing forms and composed new numbers to convey the spiritual force of these Sanskrit mantras and chants.
Arab Identity and British Colonialism
In this clip not included in the final broadcast, listen to Leila Ahmed discuss the creation of Arab identity as a legacy of British colonialism, and the similarities with the perception of Muslim identity in our age.
» "The Formative Influences" (mp3, 7:01)
In this audio clip not aired, Dungan talks about his upbringing, a natural blend of religion and finances.
» "Making a Change" (mp3, 4:52)
Dungan worked in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001, where he witnessed the destruction of the World Trade Center. He considers that disastrous event a turning point in his thinking about consumerism, and discovered a new role for himself as a financial planner.
Listen to segments of Krista's interview with David Dollahite. Here, he speaks about his personal faith and family, his research on the role faith plays in family's lives, and raising a child with special needs.
Or, if you prefer, download isolated selections in which Raman covers everything from universalities to a Shanti mantra recovered from the cutting room floor.
In these conversations not included in the radio broadcast, Krista speaks with Diana Eck, founder and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard. She talks about expressions of religious liberty far beyond the American founders' imaginations.
Listen to audio clips of Krista's conversation with Peter Berger that weren't included in the program. Berger tells us why secular Europe is an anomaly in the world and why the polarization of secular and religious groups in the U.S. doesn't represent most citizens.
Krista and Paul Elie discuss the nature of Thomas Merton's practice of detachment
In this audio clip not included in the broadcast, Krista and Paul Elie discuss the nature of Thomas Merton's practice of detachment, which, Elie says, led Merton to a much broader view of faith and religious practice.
This Web-exclusive audio features full-length clips from the cutting room floor. Seyyed Hossein Nasr elaborates on his experience in Cairo during the September 11 attacks, the Muslim perspective on evil, and the nature of Shiism in the Middle East.
» "Hilfiker's Transition to D.C." (RealAduio, 8:00)
Listen to David Hilfiker describe why he and his wife Marja decided to change their lives, how Christ House works, and what he had to face in himself there, including the impulse our society cultivates to "improve" the poor.
» "A Turning Point" (RealAudio, 3:56)
In this segment, Dr. Hilfiker tells one story from his medical practice in Washington, a turning point in his desire to unearth the history that led to urban poverty that perpetuates itself across generations.